Omega Massif – Karpatia (2011)

Posted: December 7, 2011 by Is This Revolutionary? in Album, Reviews
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5 years is a long time between albums in the music world. Pop artists especially; if they don’t release an album almost every year, they may fall out of the memory of the average listener, who has the attention span of a gnat (I don’t know how many times I’ve heard “that song’s old, but good” about a track made the year prior). One band that did not fall victim to that curse is Omega Massif, who’s popularity grew and grew after 2007’s Geisterstadt. Probably one of my favorite metal albums of all time, it’s timeless, and certainly worth the pick-up. But, after 5 years of brewing, Omega Massif’s sophomoric album had a good chance of failing to match expectations.

BUT, it’s Omega Massif, and let’s get seriously, they ain’t lettin’ anybody down. Everything is back and better than ever: the atmospheric guitars, the dirty, dirty riffs that give me chills, the crashing cymbals of epic proportions. You’re thrown into the album from the first seconds, not allowing you to ease your way in (something I like in a lot of post-metal). Alas, despite the abrupt entry, the album is almost entirely pure gold, with one song melting into the next. Not to say that there aren’t noticeable differences between songs, but the way they all flow together, Karpatia begs to be listened to straight through (not that you’ll have a problem, you may not be able to shut it off anyway). There’s just something about Omega Massif that balances the delicate beauty of a particular moment and matches it with something so heavy, it’s incredible. Favorite track: “Usrus Arctos”, play it until 5:00 or so, and feel the power and elegance of this album.

Rating: Definite 5/5 in my book. The beginning was really easy to overlook, and the 5 years in between albums was certainly worth it. Going up for one of my favorite albums of 2011, hands down.

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Comments
  1. Hadn’t heard of these guys before. Powerful stuff.

  2. Gordon says:

    My soundcard just died on me. Saddest day ever 😦

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